News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday February 25, 2014.
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BlackBerry has announced a pair of new BlackBerry 10 OS phones at Mobile World Congress. One phone goes old-school and brings back the trackpad classic menu buttons while the other is an all touchscreen device aimed at forward-looking users. Though pricing information and specs were not shared, BlackBerry did provide some basic information about what to expect from its 2014 lineup of smartphones.
The BlackBerry Q20 is the smartphone for people who want the new BB10 OS without having to give up the comforts of their old BB7 hardware. The phone features a portrait QWERTY keyboard and a row of Menu, Back, Send, and End buttons above it, along with a trackpad used for navigation. The phone will have a 3.5-inch touchscreen and have a "large battery." The BlackBerry Q20 will be released in the second half of this year.
The BlackBerry Z3 is the first BlackBerry smartphone that will be built by Foxconn. The phone features a 5-inch touchscreen, a "long last battery," and a frame that is more boxy than the Z10 and Z30 released last year. It has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. While those specs won't set the world ablaze, they are what BlackBerry thinks is necessary to deliver a good product at a reasonable price. The phone is slated to be released exclusively in Indonesia, a place where BlackBerry still enjoys strong support. Perhaps BlackBerry thinks it can profit in that market without having to release top of the line hardware. The BlackBerry Z3 goes on sale beginning this April.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.